CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - Alcorn County investigators arrested the owner of several dogs that attacked and injured a teenager during the weekend.
Investigators arrested Jack Harrelson, 65, of Corinth, Monday afternoon. They charged him with aggravated assault by manifesting extreme indifference, according to Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell.
The dogs attacked Tess Lancaster. | Source: Darla Nash
Citing multiple incidents of aggression shown by his dogs, investigators say Harrelson knew or should have known of the danger associated with allowing the dogs to remain free without being under his control.
The sheriff says even though Alcorn County does not have a leash law, the owners of animals are still responsible for their animals’ actions.
The dogs will be tested for rabies and then put down, the sheriff said Monday.
The attack happened Sunday morning as Tess Lancaster was running along County Road 173. A nearby woman delivering mail used mace to scare away the dogs.
The sheriff said Lancaster sustained injuries to her head and face. Lancaster will need plastic surgery, her grandmother told WTVA.
Lancaster is a recent graduate of Alcorn Central High School and class valedictorian.